Mich. bill would swap tax credits for scholarships

LANSING, MI – A state lawmaker wants to make sure 96,000 Michigan college students eventually get the state scholarship money they were expecting even if the program is cut during budget negotiations.

The bill announced Wednesday by Republican Rep. Ken Horn of Frankenmuth would create an income tax credit to reimburse students if they don't get as much money as expected through the Michigan Promise scholarship program.

Qualifying students are supposed to get up to $4,000 through the program, often starting with $500 installments each semester. But the program is in jeopardy because of Michigan's budget problems for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1.

Using tax credits would delay delivery of the money until students were working and paying taxes.